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From the Parker County Sheriff's Dept.
Parker County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Camp said John Mark Moyers, 50, was charged with felony theft after SCU members conducted an investigation and collected evidence of Moyers scamming local businesses out of thousands of dollars for a fake golf tournament.
SCU investigators said Moyers had conducted nearly one dozen similar scams throughout Texas and Arkansas over the last two years.
“During the investigation, our investigators discovered Mr. Moyers was conducting a food drive scam to collect canned foods and cash to benefit area charities and local food banks, but in reality, he was keeping all of the proceeds and using them at his discretion,” Camp said.
SCU investigators believe other scams Moyers conducted involved fake and legitimate organizations and recreation centers. Moyers would make a verbal commitment to golf courses to reserve the course for the alleged event date and to promote it, but would not pay the deposit.
Moyer solicited entry fees, donations, gift cards, door prizes and thousands of dollars from area businesses but would later skip town before the events were to take place.
Moyers told investigators he used the scams as a way to support himself for more than two years by using gift cards for his own personal use and exchanging other items and gift cards for meals, while living from hotel-to-hotel with proceeds which were to benefit the organizations.
Evidence was seized in Moyer’s hotel room in Weatherford, showing he had collected items and cash for additional scams involving organizations from businesses in Hillsboro, Whitney, Arlington, Austin, Round Rock, Clyde, Mesquite, Abilene and Buffalo Gap among others.
Receipt books, collected as evidence from Moyers’ hotel room, showed he had collected over $5,000 from the scam he conducted in the Weatherford tournament.
SCU investigators said Moyers collected $60,000 to $70,000 over the last several years through phone calls, walking into businesses and posting flyers.
Investigators added Moyers was arrested just days prior to the fake Weatherford event.
SCU investigators also said the golfing community is a tight-knit circle, where a victim of Moyers’ scam in Little Rock, Ark., spread the word about the con artist by contacting a Canyon West representative.
During an interview with the suspect, Moyers told investigators he had no intentions to make good on the tournament.
Lt. Camp said there are numerous legitimate local charities and hopes this case does not deter the community from giving of their time, services and monetary donations to them.
“If you are solicited by an individual or group to benefit any organization, it is easy to verify the validity of such requests,” Lt. Camp said. “A simple phone call to the charity or event host could avoid any discrepancies or confirm any suspicions.”
Moyers was arrested March 24 and charged with theft. His bond was set at $7,500. As of Friday afternoon, he remained incarcerated.